I am now a true climber. I have done a huge climb.
On Saturday my regular climbing friend and I did Royal Arches in Yosemite Valley. It is 15 pitches. 1,600 feet. We started at 9:00 am and got down to the bottom at 9:00 pm. Below is a view from the field near the campground. The climb is left of center and you rap down to the right of that black vertical streak (which is usually water).
I ran out of water at hour 8, right before we started rappelling. Luckily I had a bag of candy, which I took some of at almost every rap, and that kept me going. I was shocked when my friend said no to me asking for water. "how long have you been climbing? you should have rationed it" I've never ever done such a long climb or run out of water! But whatever. I sucked it up (so to speak) and didn't ask again.
Below is a photo of two women we had to rescue twice. They were simul-rappelling and missed the bolts, and thus screwed, since when you simul-rap you have to be balanced on the rope, so it's really hard to go anywhere.
Above is sunset from high up
There was an almost full moon and it was so gorgeous to see it rising and illuminating the rocks.
The view into the valley from a rap station
We went to the hoity toity hotel afterwards to have a drink and food (it was the only place open). Dumped our stuff on the floor. Dirty. Smelly. But what wonderful water! And food!!